The ACT Remuneration Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal with responsibility for setting the remuneration, allowances and entitlements for various public officials in the ACT.
It was established by the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 on 21 December 1995.
The Tribunal is independent of the Government, and its determinations cannot be disallowed by the Legislative Assembly.
In September 2014, in accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the Remuneration Tribunal undertook its annual review of the remuneration and allowances to be paid and other entitlements to be granted to:
In making the Determinations, the Tribunal considered written and oral submissions from the Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court and the Chief Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court. The Tribunal also considered oral submissions from officials from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, and the written submission from the Chief Minister.
The Tribunal was also mindful of the economic and financial considerations facing the ACT, including that the ACT Treasury provided a comprehensive briefing to the Tribunal on the prevailing economic circumstances for 2014 and forecasts for the coming years.
The Tribunal also noted Determination 2014/18 of the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal for Judicial and related Officers.
Following the release of its issues paper regarding the entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly in December 2013 [PDF 455KB], and its subsequent inquiry held throughout March 2014; The ACT Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) has released its Final Report on the Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly [ PDF 296KB] (the Report) on 2 May 2014.
Accordingly, the Tribunal thanks all stakeholders who provided submissions to its inquiry.
The Report aligns with the Tribunal's Determination 7 of 2014 concerning salary, allowances
and other entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The key changes are:
The Tribunal has attempted to ensure that MLAs are paid fairly for their work, while achieving cost
savings to offset the introduction of some new allowances.
The Tribunal has also released a number of other Determinations relating to other office holders in the ACT, which can be accessed on the Determinations Page at http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/governance/remtrib/determinations
Any comments regarding the Report can be forwarded to:
or by post to:
ACT Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 964
CIVIC SQUARE ACT 2608
Final Report on the Reviews of Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly - April 2014 [ PDF 296KB]
Final Report on the Reviews of Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly - April 2014 [ DOC 156KB]
The ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released an issues paper on the entitlements for members of the Legislative Assembly. The paper covers the following matters:
There has been no substantive review of MLA entitlements in the nearly 25 years since self-government. The Tribunal is of the view that the work value of MLAs may not be reflected in the remuneration and other allowances that are paid. It is mindful that the community would wish to continue to attract and retain the best people as its MLAs.
The Tribunal invites comments from past and present MLAs, other stakeholders and interested community members. It urges the community to accept that MLAs are an important component of the ACT's democratic processes and should therefore be appropriately compensated for their work.
All submissions will be published on the Tribunal's website unless there are compelling reasons for them to be treated confidentially. Submissions close on 28 February 2014 and the Tribunal will conclude its deliberations by May 2014.
Submissions should be made:
By email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to:
ACT Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 964
Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly - Issues Paper [ PDF 452KB]
Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly - Issues Paper [ DOC 377KB]
Determinations made by the Tribunal are published on the Determinations page.